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April 2, 1942
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THURSDAY, 2 APRIL 1942

(10th Air Force): Major General Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General 10th Air Force, leads three B-17's on a raid on shipping off Andaman Island during the night of 2/3 Apr; they claim hits on 1 cruiser and a transport; two B-17's are damaged by AA and fighters, but all return to base. Earlier in the evening,  a mission scheduled against the Rangoon area is aborted when B-17E pilot Parsel crashed on takeoff and the other has mechanical trouble.

USN: USS Enterprise (CV-6) off Oahu launches nine SBDs on a training flight off. During a side over maneuver, SBD Dauntless 2136 (pilot rescued, passenger missing) collides with SBD Dauntless 2165 (pilot rescued, passenger missing).



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